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Essential tent cooling in field hospitals

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In this article, we outline why tent coolers are more vital than ever in how field hospitals support the comfort and safety of their users, and explore why Dantherm’s range of portable air coolers offer the ideal level of protection these environments are looking for.

There are numerous challenges that impact on how successfully field hospitals worldwide serve the needs of their occupants. But unquestionably one of the most pressing is how they manage the climate surrounding them, particularly in extremely hot climates.

Without access to robust and reliable tent cooling solutions, it becomes exceedingly difficult for these structures to beat the heat and protect the health and wellbeing of staff, patients and more at times when these may be at their most vulnerable.

Higher temperatures, higher risks

Exceptionally high temperatures in practically any environment will typically lead to a lot of discomfort and dissatisfaction. But, in a field hospital environment, especially hot climates can quickly transform this discomfort into flat-out danger.

This is because, as well as create an unpleasant environment for patients, refugees and other occupants of field hospitals and similar relief camps, excessive heat can notably increase the transmission of infectious diseases.

As temperatures worldwide continue to trend upwards as a result of climate change, more and more research is being conducted into the impact that this may have on how rapidly diseases can pass from person-to-person. Without an effective means to keep infected patients cool and comfortable in these conditions, the likelihood of diseases spreading throughout these settings grows, and consequently so do costs, resource needs and, unfortunately, the risk of fatalities.

This is a particularly pressing issue in the light of the Coronavirus pandemic, which has necessitated the development of temporary field hospitals throughout Europe and across the globe. With these locations being relied upon to minimise the strain on countries’ existing healthcare settings, it is important that tent cooling solutions are used to provide the best possible environment for patients and to curb any risk of infections spreading outwards.

In addition to the impact that high temperatures can have on the spread of disease and patients’ chances of optimal recovery, field hospitals also must be wary of the effect hotter climates can have on:

  • Inducing dehydration in patients and staff

  • The potential for doctors, nurses and other medical professionals to suffer from heat-related illnesses or fatigue

  • Maintaining the quality and cleanliness of clothing and equipment used by staff throughout their work

Finding the solution: The Dantherm AC 24

Unlike permanent buildings and structures that can rely on stationary air conditioning systems, field hospitals by their very nature require more mobile, versatile tent cooling solutions to contend with high volumes of heat. Of course, these need to fulfil several key requirements:

  • The tent coolers must be resilient enough to operate in extreme heat, with no drop in performance or enhanced risk of breakdowns

  • They must be easy to transport to different locations on-site without any significant strain on staff

  • They must be powerful enough to effectively control the climate within their tents, without causing a huge drain on energy consumption

With these factors in mind, the Dantherm AC 24 represents a high-performing tent cooling solution, which is already making a massive difference to the safety and pleasantness of numerous field hospitals, refugee communes, humanitarian camps and similar environments.

Thanks to its robust cabinet made from galvanised and powder-coated steel, the AC 24 is hardy enough to withstand the toughest of locations, providing effective cooling for outdoor temperatures anywhere up to 55°C.

Whether it’s the searing deserts of North Africa and the Middle East, or the humid jungles of South East Asia, the AC 24 ensures that patients, staff, refugees and others on-site can be maintained in comfortable conditions in some of the world’s hottest climates.

This rugged, reliable performance is complemented with unmatched versatility and ease of use in the tent cooling space. The AC 24 can be set up and operated by a single person, and is designed to require a minimal amount of maintenance and servicing across its lifespan.

Furthermore, it is designed to make it straightforward to transport from one site to the next, meaning it is simple to dismount and store, and then recalibrate for completely different climatic conditions. This flexibility is particularly beneficial for organisations with locations worldwide – the AC 24 can be directed to areas it is most required with minimal disruption, saving costs on needing to purchase dedicated systems for each location, which may only be required for a few months each year.

Through these features, Dantherm’s AC 24 is built with the unique challenges and settings of field hospitals and mobile camps in mind, ensuring all occupants are kept in complete comfort even at the hottest times of the year.

Explore the most effective tent cooling solutions

If you are interested in learning more about the AC 24 and our range of portable air cooling solutions, and how they are crafted to meet the demands of camps and field hospitals throughout the globe, get in touch with our team today.

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